Lucky seven

Starters: C Geovany Soto, OF Alfonso Soriano, OF Kosuke Fukudome
Pitchers: RHP Ryan Dempster, RHP Carlos Zambrano, RHP Kerry Wood
Reserve: 3B Aramis Ramirez

So how many of you correctly predicted the Cubs would get seven All-Star players? Looking at each player by himself, the case easily could have been made for seven — or more — players. But it’s tough for that many players from one team to be selected, no matter their merits.

Seven out of 32 that will represent the National League. It’s hard to believe one team can represent that much of the NL.

That’s probably why the franchise’s previous record was six. The players were Andre Dawson, Shawon Dunston, Ryne Sandberg, Vance Law, Rafael Palmeiro and Greg Maddux. Do you know the year?

Hint: It wasn’t an overly memorable season in recent Cubs history, despite the individual performances. This year’s team deserves a lot of praise for not only having the talent and the parts but also for turning them into wins.

Be there

Can’t make the All-Star Game in Yankee Stadium’s last season? Dying to learn about what the Cubs’ All-Stars are up to?

Vine Line will be in New York City to blog live from all of the All-Star festivities. Keep checking back for behind-the-scenes reports from Mike Huang and team photographer Stephen Green. It’s coverage that can’t be missed.

— Sean Ahmed

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